Oakland Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie recorded a hit in his first game back since sitting out three games with a foot injury. Even though he was not overly productive, the Athletics could not have asked for anything more from him after he missed several consecutive games.
Lowrie went 1-for-4 with one run in the 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros Sunday afternoon. Even though he has spent more time at shortstop this season, Oakland manager Bob Melvin decided to put Lowrie at second base for the contest. It worked out for the best, as the Athletics were able to sweep the Astros in three games.
Melvin decided to play Adam Rosales at shortstop instead because that is where he is most comfortable. Oakland was hoping he could finally get it going at the plate as he has only recorded one hit in his last 23 at-bats. Unfortunately, he went hitless in Sunday’s series finale.
“He’s just going through a tough time,” Melvin said, according to Athletics.com. “Last time I looked up he was over .300, now he’s down a little bit. Just the ebbs and flows of the season. There’s times when you’re seeing the ball really good, times you don’t, and right now he’s going through a little bit of a tough time.”
Meanwhile, Lowrie kept his hit streak alive at four games. In fact, he has recorded at least one hit in 12 of his last 14 contests. There is no question the 29-year-old is a big part of the offense and will play a big role down the stretch.
Lowrie is batting .301 with three home runs, 21 RBI, 15 doubles and 20 walks in 173 at-bats this season.